Last night, while reading the story of Jonah to Tófúnmi our 4-year old daughter, I asked her “When you use your play dough to make a pen can the pen say to you, ‘I don’t want to be a pen, I want to be a chicken.'” She laughed and said, “Nooo, Daddy you are too funny.”
Creatures comply. They humble themselves before their creator and permit their creator to do to them as He pleases.
A simple but profound truth that needs to sink in is that we share something with stones, plants and animals – we were brought into existence and sustained by the same maker. That realization can free us from needless agitations to surrender to Him who created us without our help, who desires and is able to bless us beyond comprehension.
As a creature, you do not get to determine your purpose, you only choose to discover it and to fulfill it. It is in my best interest to align myself with the Spirit’s purpose. If it takes Him 20 years to mould you and it takes Him 30 years to mould me, I ought to be content with my lot and joyfully go about His business. This Potter’s agenda infinitely transcends me and my lifetime.
Thankfully, our Creator has revealed and continues to reveal His plan, which is so good we need supernatural help to believe it. It is impossible to submit to the Spirit and not be blessed beyond our wildest dreams, not only in this world but in the age to come. It is His world, His planet and His universe.
Humility is not modesty, poverty or an appearance of piety. It is submitting to God as Tófúnmi’s play dough submits to her. It is accepting whatever God does or says to and about you and may actually be considered pride by some. Humility is wisdom. It is the only way for God to express His artistry and manifest His being in and through us. We all need it.